January 19th, 2012

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Most successful day ever for The Umbrella Organisation! All Box Office records smashed!

At the time of the Frankenstein closing night party, there was obviously tons of traffic through the site. Then things settled down into a regular rhythmn.

Then the second series of Sherlock hit our screens. Traffic through the site has been growing during the run-up to, and especially since, Sherlock started airing.

Yesterday, this com had the most visitors since the time of the Frankenstein closing night party, and there was a new winner for the post to receive the most hits this com has ever had in one day. The winning post? - Its Official: Sherlock encourages people to read the original Conan Doyle stories.

The winning post is here:

Photo credit: http://www.benedictcumberbatch.co.uk/sherlock-promotional-photos/

So I guess what I wanted to say was - THANK YOU SHERLOCK!
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LiveJournal: Why We Oppose SOPA and PIPA

Cut and pasted from Livejournal:

Since 1999, LiveJournal has been a safe harbor of self-expression and creativity, with the most substantial privacy policies of any social site. We believe the Internet must remain a place that is free to use, free to explore, and free to express.

This is why LiveJournal ardently opposes the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), two bills currently in discussion in the United States Congress.

We understand the good intent behind these two bills – they are designed to protect copyrighted and trademarked property. But the language of these bills is so vague that any intellectual property owner that feels its copyright has been violated can have a site taken down, without the normal due process of law. These two bills are about censorship, and LiveJournal is joining the fight to ensure these bills never come to pass.

Follow the link for all the details:
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Explaining the ending of Sherlock Series 2

Photo credit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2088657/Sherlock-How-Detective-Holmes-returned-dead-fooled-again.html

Cut and pasted from Den of Geek!

The finale to series 2 of Sherlock posed viewers one or two head scratchers. Luckily, the internet has risen to the challenge and provided these answers. Massive spoilers ahead...

The round-up is indebted to the tireless work of the commenters on Den of Geek! who have sifted through details to provide theories and observations galore.

Just how did Sherlock pull off the mother of all fake-outs?

Follow the link to find out:

The theories cover:

The rubbish truck
The cyclist
The screaming girl

Interested to hear who everyone thinks is right!

And to be even handed, I can't post a photo of a dead Sherlock without also posting a photo of a dead Jim alongside:

Photo credit: http://www.denofgeek.com/television/1208177/explaining_the_ending_of_sherlock_series_2.html
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Frontline: A Year of Journalism & Conflict, Somerset House

Photo credit: http://www.somersethouse.org.uk/visual-arts/front-line-a-year-of-journalism-and-conflict

I have not seen this yet, but I am going to, and I am recommending it in advance of seeing it because I have a gut feeling that it will be excellent.

Cut and pasted from the Somerset House Website:

Frontline: A Year of Journalism & Conflict focuses on four of the major stories of 2011:
- the Egyptian revolution,
- Syria,
- the Libyan conflict, and
- the UK riots.

The multimedia exhibition offers a unique insight into the editorial, political and human aspects of news reporting.

The exhibition features live news reports from the stories as they happened and stills taken from Sky News HD footage. iPads throughout the exhibition give visitors access to background interviews with the journalists, editors and producers who worked on breaking the story as well as timelines, maps and photo galleries.

The exhibition highlights the dilemmas facing news organisations in authenticating and broadcasting often deeply disturbing images to the public.

The exhibition is open daily from 10am to 6pm and entrance is free. The exhibition runs until 5 February.

For full details follow the link: